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#1 Posted : Monday, April 15, 2013 9:02:15 AM
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Julius Caesar, ruler of one of the largest empires in history, once said, “Government is easy. Just set up a roadblock and sell a way around it.” That philosophy controlled the Western world for centuries until a handful of colonies in a recently settled land decided to fight for something better.
The colonies of England were loyal to their motherland. She provided them with a reasonable structure of government. She allowed them to own and develop resources. Her colonial subjects had opportunities to use their knowledge and ability to profit from those resources. She had provided them with the technology to live relatively comfortable lives. For generations, these colonists had been proud to be a part of the
English Empire. But then things started to change.
That British Empire had spread rapidly around the world. For two centuries, there had been a race among several European countries to expand their political and economic influence to as much territory as possible outside of the western world. As the expansion opportunities declined, disputes arose and wars soon followed. Soon England, Spain and France were spending more than they took in.
To solve this financial problem, the King of England resorted to Caesar’s age old philosophy of government. He began creating roadblocks to commerce and resources in his far-flung colonies. If industry and political leaders would agree to share their resources with him, he granted them advantages in their businesses or political arenas. Obviously, when the King sold an advantage to one, he hindered the freedoms of many others.
The American people were especially critical of these changes to their lives. Their colonies were much more dependent on rugged individuals willing to go out into the wilderness and carve out their own lives. They had learned of a different kind of government from their native neighbors like the Iroquois, who were free to join with others in any endeavor but not forced to do so. These Americans first tried to abide by all of the King’s new laws, then to avoid them, and finally to ignore them. It was the beginning of a movement that would change the world.
Angry that his laws were ignored, the King began sending his own people to enforce them. He implemented new taxes to cover the cost. Americans, outraged at the ever-tightening government forces in their lives, started meeting in homes and taverns to discuss the problems and seek solutions. The Americans went so far as to send representatives to present their issues to the Crown. The Crown and its minions perceived these meetings as rebellious and responded by sending British soldiers with broad powers to force Americans to accede to the Crown’s demands.
These new British authorities and soldiers began treating their American brethren like a conquered people. If you of spoke against the Crown, you were harassed. If you continued, you were dragged from your home in the middle of the night and imprisoned without charges or trial. The government went on a campaign to classify people like you as rebels. They rewarded the news media that supported their agenda and shut down those who didn’t. Soon they had soldiers marching down the streets of most major cities, exerting their control over the American people however they saw fit. If you were even suspected of questioning this authority, you lost the safety of your home, the privacy of your communications, your right to a fair trial and a host of other rights that were once taken for granted.
The final straw came when the Crown demanded that all armaments be turned over to its authorities. In direct opposition to this demand, many Americans began stockpiling guns and ammunition. These once-loyal British subjects began organizing and training in secret places for defensive purposes. The authorities sought out and ransacked these places, often sending large companies of troops across the countryside to attack and arrest anyone suspected of being allied with these terrorists. One of these companies stumbled upon a practicing group of Americans who refused to capitulate, a battle ensued and it became the spark that started the American Revolution.
These were great men and women who fought this war and founded our nation. Some we know, but many more died with little recognition. All left us with some very important advice.
Freedom is precious and fleeting.
True liberty is seldom lost to an immense army of invaders. It most often falls to an accumulation of little roadblocks to small liberties. These losses are so gradual that when one generation accepts the loss, succeeding generations never know them. First they protect us from immediate problems, then they protect us from suspected problems and next they protect us from our own problems. Then one day, a people that remember nothing of the small liberties lost, are faced with the loss of their most cherished ones. This is when they gather once again to discuss and learn about freedom. For our Founders, this time was known as The Great Awakening. For ourselves, this time it has yet to be labeled.
We are beginning to understand what we have lost. That understanding leads us to decry the total loss rather than to resist the loss of any single, cherished freedom. We realize we must either regain true liberty or accept complete subjugation by our own government. As the choice is made to restore liberty, it spreads across the nation like a wildfire on the dry prairies. It is beginning to erase all of the distinctions between races, religions, social status and wealth. People again understand that those differences between us were nothing more than roadblocks to liberty that have been subtly ingrained into our society to help control us. At some point, we will decide that we deserve true freedom and must allow others the same for it to be so.
If we choose to restore true freedom, that choice will dramatically change our society. We will realize that race divisions were nothing but roadblocks to liberty. We will understand the religious differences and social standings are benefits of freedom, not reasons for subjugation. People will hunger for government’s return to a limited duty, where it protects us only from force and aggression. They will accept that the results of individual choices can be either good or bad, but it is that freedom to choose that must be protected.
As our society comes to these realizations, there will be great divisions among us. There will always be those who fear making their own choices. Many will continue to be jealous of those who made better choices. And there are many among us who feel they are more capable in making those choices for us. This will divide us in our churches, in our businesses, in our free associations, and even in our families. There will be no middle ground. There will only be champions or foes of freedom.
History abounds with occurrences such as this. When this point of divisiveness is reached, there are only a few simple questions left to answer. Which roadblock will the government install that its people choose to oppose at all costs? Which tax will they choose to defy by all means necessary? Which spark will inflame the passions of the people to the point where war is an acceptable option? And most importantly for America, when those questions are finally answered, will we end up with more roadblocks or more freedom?

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